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Who Brings You Up When You’re Feeling Down?

Black man soothing upset girlfriend
Empathic people who are trying to be empathic actually end up being less empathic.

Do We Become More Empathic as We Get Older?

Older couple embracing one another sitting on a bench outdoors
A study of how six large samples of adults changed over time may answer this question.

Do Protest Songs Actually Affect People’s Attitudes about War and Peace?

Young man singing before crowd of people
When it comes to promoting peace, which works better: “Give peace a chance” or “War, what is it good for?”

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI November 15, 2019

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From romance to workplaces to hypocrisy, see what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology on this week's ICYMI roundup

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Why Does Joe Biden Touch People So Much and Why Do We Care?

A man touches a woman's shoulder as she looks to side, like, dude?

Former Vice President Joe Biden has always been a physically affectionate man, but recently that touching has become controversial.  We turn to experts in social and personality psychology to help us understand what is going on.

Our experts suggested that at least seven different psychological processes may be at play:

1.  Touch signals caring and support: The role of the need to belong

How Do Robots and Humans Interact?

Image of robot in foreground, blurred female in background

To what extent do people place identity with or against robots? Can we take a robot’s perspective? Do we see robots as moral beings?

Xuan Zhao, who studies perspective taking, empathy, and prosocial behaviors, launched the session by highlighting the theoretical and practical relevance of examining human-robot interaction.

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI July 21, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus news stories and tweets worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

Thinking and Feeling In Judging Others

By Alexander Danvers

You’re interviewing a stranger for a job, and while you have “the facts” about their previous job history in front of you, what you’re not sure about is their emotional state. Are they anxious? Excited? Bored?

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